Trans-Pacific Partnership: An Insider’s Look at Prospects for U.S. Approval in 2016

Date(s) - 05/04/2016
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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The 2016 U.S. presidential primary season is well underway. Both Republicans and Democrats have held debates to reveal candidates’ stances on prominent issues, such as ISIS, immigration, economic disparity, climate change, criminal justice, and health care. The party nominating conventions are just a few months away, July 18-21 for the Republican Party, and July 25-28 for the Democratic Party.

Another issue is trade in general, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in particular. The legally verified text of TPP was released on January 26th, 2016, the TPP agreement was signed on February 4, 2016, and the next step is for each of the TPP members, including the U.S., to ratify the pact. It will be interesting to see whether the presidential election might hamper the ratification process. Vietnam announces its intent to join TPP in November 2010.

Will the U.S. Congress pass the TPP deal in 2016? How do the U.S. presidential candidates position themselves in relation to these issues? Who are the current presidential front-runners? What are the prospects and challenges for Vietnam to consider before it makes a final decision regarding joining the TPP?

McLarty Associates and AmCham Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh Chapter are delighted to host Mr. Nelson Cunningham, President and Co-founder of McLarty Associates, Former Special Advisor to Former President Clinton in this event to provide an insider’s look into the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the TPP. Please join us for this exclusive round table lunch discussion.


11:30 am Registration and Refreshments
12:00 pm Lunch is served
12:20 pm Introduction and Presentation, followed by Q&A
1:00 pm Event ends


Members: VND 650,000 | Non-members: VND 800,000

Reservations/cancellations must be received by 24 hours before the event, and must be made on-line, by email, or by fax. We are unable to accept reservations/cancellations by telephone.



Mr. Nelson Cunningham
President and Co-Founder, McLarty Associates
Former Special Advisor to Former President Clinton

He is President and Co-founder of McLarty Associates. Mr. Cunningham is a skilled strategist on national and international policy issues. Prior to co-founding McLarty Associates in 1998, Mr. Cunningham served in the White House as Special Advisor to Former President Clinton on Western Hemisphere affairs and as General Counsel at the White House Office of Administration. He previously served as General Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph R. Biden. He was also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1988 until 1994, having been hired by Rudolph Giuliani, and in 1984 he was a staffer on the successful Senate campaign of John Kerry.

Mr. Cunningham is active on foreign policy and political matters and frequently speaks to audiences in the United States and abroad. He is a member of the Secretary of State’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board, the Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, and past Chairman of the Export-Import Bank Advisory Committee. Additionally, Mr. Cunningham serves as President of the American Security Project, a think tank founded by then-Senator John Kerry in 2005; Vice Chair of the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) and of the Institute of the Americas; and is past Chair of NDN’s Latin America Policy Initiative. A lawyer by training, Mr. Cunningham is a member of the DC, New York, and Massachusetts bars. Mr. Cunningham is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School, where he served as an editor of the Stanford Law Review.

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